I think this reflection is important because it can be easy for me to over-stuff my binder with great resources and references. ( As I reflect on past posts that I wrote about my teacher binder, I can see this evolution in place.) But the over-stuffing can cause me to feel overwhelmed and frustrated as the year progresses.
My solution: Take everything out of the binder and really think about whether or not it was a resource I used or something I accessed in an alternate way. For example...our writing calendar for the year looked so pretty in my binder. But I actually only used the digital version of it. While I used my sight word sheets so often that I needed to print a new master copy that was not marked all up.
Once I decide what I need to keep and what I need to remove (or move to a different binder), I think about my goals for the year.
*One of my goals for this upcoming year is to vertically plan lessons; therefore, I want to make sure I have the Common Core standards in my binder but also the vertically alignment documents so that I will be ready to plan the different teams in my building.
*Another goal (as a whole building) is to be more explicit with our vocabulary instruction. My teammate and I are creating a vocabulary list based on the poems and nursery rhymes we are using for phonological awareness and fluency instruction. This must be in my binder!
*My third goal is to contain my post-it notes this year. I typically have them on my binder, on my computer, in my car, anywhere, and everywhere. I made a sheet in my binder to house these post-its!
*a new binder
*all printed materials I need
I finished organizing my binder today and it feels good to have a clean start. And next summer...I'll start all over again :)
If you are interested in any of the materials you see above, just click on the links below.
Wavy Divider Sheets-Free
Striped Divider Sheets-Free
Vertical Math Alignment-Free
Vertical ELA Alignment-Free
Leveled Reader Correlation chart-Free
First Grade Common Core Standards-Free
What do you put in your planning binder?